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10:45 AM ET, August 10, 2016

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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
IAB, Local Media Consortium, NAA, and PageFair welcome Facebook's move to counter ad blocking  —  News this morning that Facebook will block ad-blockers on most desktop displays may be mainly about preserving its own huge ad revenue base.  —  But a quick sampling of reactions confirmed …
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: Ailes threatened to have reporter Gabriel Sherman physically attacked, may have obtained his phone records illegally while he worked on Ailes bio  —  THE DAILY AILES — The Roger Ailes scandal is ballooning into something much bigger than the initial sexual harassment allegations …
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Tobias Burns / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter says Fox News employee once dated him to gather intelligence for the network, while he ran the TVNewser blog  —  The ‘Reliable Sources’ host said Fox News spied on him under the cover of a romance with one of the network's staffers.
Edmund Lee / Recode:
Disney buys a 33% stake for $1B in streaming firm BAMTech, now spun out of MLB digital business, and plans streaming sports network  —  If cord-cutting ever gets bad, Disney now has an easier way to go direct to consumer.  —  Disney is buying a one-third stake in streaming video company BAM Tech …
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Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Disney beats Q3 targets with revenue of $14.28B vs $14.16B expected, confirms $1B investment in MLB's BAMTech  —  Disney on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenue and profit that was better than Wall Street had expected.  —  It also announced that it bought a minority stake in BAMTech …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter opens Moments to more partners, brands, and influencers, will open to all in coming months  —  Twitter is opening up its Moments feature to users, but only if you're one of its select influencers, brands, or partners.  The company revealed that it has given certain “groups of creators” …
Marie Le Conte / BuzzFeed:
Behind The Canary, a viral news site known for spreading pro-Corbyn conspiracy theories and whose editorial choices have been labelled by some as dangerous  —  The Canary launched under a year ago and is already taking over Facebook and the Labour leadership contest with the stories “other media won't publish”.
Michael Kinsley / Vanity Fair:
Renewed focus on data in journalism by people like Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times' Nate Cohn can lead to pompous “analysis” and arcane distinctions  —  As the Internet changes journalism, one clear trend is a focus on data, championed by the likes of Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times's Nate Cohn.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Bloomberg Media promotes US head of sales Keith Grossman to global Chief Revenue Officer  —  Publishing vet Keith Grossman has had a busy few years.  Just over two years ago, the Condé Nast alum left a more than decade-long career at Wired to join Bloomberg as publisher of Bloomberg Digital and Digital Products.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent will offer 25 creators cash grants from $2,500 to $100K as well as promotional support through its new Discovery Fund, for 10-30 days of exclusivity  —  Over the past few years, BitTorrent has worked to move beyond its associations with online piracy by giving tools to musicians …
Discussion: bundle.media, Forbes, Engadget and Variety
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeff Gottlieb files age discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles Times, claims newspaper withheld prize money from reporters  —  Jeff Gottlieb, who won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for work at the Los Angeles Times, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his former employer …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Video will stream pilots on Twitch for the first time; three pilots will premiere on August 31  —  Twitch has been expanding its video content beyond gaming for some time, thanks to classic shows featuring Bob Ross and Julia Child, as well as its own “Creative” channel where artists and musicians can showcase their work.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
News Corp profits fall 28% YoY to $684M, revenue for news and information services division falls 7% or $393M to $5.338B  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has reported a 28 per cent decline in profit to $684m for the year to the end of June.  —  The latest fiscal report, for the US-based company …
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Max Mason / Financial Review:   News Corp. Chief Exec predicts real estate revenue will become biggest driver of company earnings in future, after real estate services grow 32% YoY to $US822M
 
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Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Documentary about Gay Talese and his controversial book, The Voyeur's Motel, is completed, while future of Sam Mendes adaptation remains in question
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Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
Scripps Networks Interactive reports Q2 profit of $184.6M, down from $193.7M a year ago, 22% increase in revenue to $892.8M; ad sales are 70% of total revenue
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Wall Street Journal's digital subscriptions total 948K at end of the 2016 fiscal year, up 25.9% YoY from 753K
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